Our 8 Oscar Nominees Picks for 2016

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Cheers to all of tonight’s Oscar nominees!

The 88th annual Academy Awards ceremony is tonight.  We are always excited to watch, and more excited to give you our barware and glassware “nominees” for best picture.  We hope you’ll enjoy our suggestions this year!

We think fans of The Big Short will certainly feel this vintage Wall Street Couroc tray is a must for their Oscar celebration tonight:

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For Bridge of Spies fans, nothing says Cold War better than these vintage mid century decanters:

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We think Brooklyn fans definitely need to have some Brooklyn-based Hella Bitters in their cocktails tonight:

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Mother’s milk is best poured from a vintage frosted milk pitcher for Mad Max: Fury Road fans:

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All fans of The Martian will love these vintage botanical rocks glasses by Georges Briard:

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No bear can keep The Revenant down, even this vintage Hazel Atlas cocktail shaker and ice bucket set:

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This vintage reverse painted butterfly tray is a much needed pick-me-up for those fans who have seen The Room:

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Fans of Spotlight will appreciate using these vintage Massachusetts seal old fashioned glasses to honor the efforts of the Boston Globe’s journalistic team:

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Whichever movie is your favorite, we hope you’ll enjoy watching the show tonight with a great cocktail in hand!

For more great vintage barware and glassware ideas, visit us on-line at:

http://thehourshop.com/

 

 

 

 

Super Bowl Sunday is Finally Here!!

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Time to get your bar game on!

It’s Super Bowl Sunday and we’re ready to party with all our football enthusiast friends!  And, even if you’re not a football enthusiast, it’s a great reason to throw a fun party at home.  Since it’s the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl, we feel it’s only appropriate to celebrate with a throw-back party using vintage barware and glassware from the 1960s.  And we’ve got some great ideas for you to catch!  Here’s our game day line-up:

For our Denver Broncos fans, we’ve put together an assortment of festive orange barware, including a 1960’s funky faux leather wrap tray, rocks glasses and matching decanter and a set of Tiara Horn beer glasses made by Indiana Glass.  We’re serving Colorado-based Blue Moon Belgian White Ale and an old fashioned made with Colorado’s own Breckenridge Bourbon and Hella Bitters Orange Bitters.

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Our Carolina Panthers fans will be so pleased when we serve them out of Carolina blue vintage Georges Briard rocks and collins glasses.  We’ll mix up a batch of Carolina-made White Whale’s Mob Man cocktails using Carolina’s own Defiant Whisky in our swanky 1960s Gorham silver plate pitcher.  For our Carolina beer fans, we’re serving Carolina brewed Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale.  Our vintage formica and silver plate tray will kick these drinks into the end zone!

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For all our friends whose teams did not make it into the Super Bowl this year, do not fret.  We’re tossing a great serving set your way!  In honor of our local Washington Redskins, we’re serving up local spirits and beer.  On our black Pacific Connections tray, you’ll find a fantastic Georges Briard football ice bucket to scoop up some ice for your vintage football tumbler and make a One Eight Distillery Rock Creek White Whiskey old fashioned using Bitters Tears (pun intended) Peppercorn Bacon Bitters.  For our local beer lovers, we couldn’t help but serve up Alexandria-based Port City Monumental IPA in vintage “I Bet I Can” pilsner glasses.  And we bet your team can make it to the playoffs next year!

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For more great vintage barware and glassware ideas, visit us on-line at:

http://thehourshop.com/

 

 

12 Days of Christmas 2015 Recap

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The Hour has an amazing selection of great gifts they’ll remember!

 

We always look forward to spreading holiday cheer!  Whether it be our holiday party, our festive in-store music or holiday decor, we love getting our holiday spirit on.  One of our favorite activities at The Hour is putting together our 12 Days of Christmas.  And we hope this year’s 12 Days of Christmas brought a smile to everyone’s face!  In case you missed a day, here’s our recap:

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On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me a Partridge on a Pear Tray!

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On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 2 vintage Turtle Dove cuff links from The Hour!

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On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 3 hand painted French Hens cocktail glasses!

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On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 4 “last call” Calling Birds heading to the bar!

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On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 5 Gold roly poly glasses in a Ring!

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On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 6 Geese-a-Laying eggs for nog in these adorable vintage rocks glasses!

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On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 7 Swans-a-Swimming in this gorgeous vintage punch bowl!

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On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 8 Maids-a-Milking wearing one-of-a-kind vintage milk glass brooches from The Hour!

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On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 9 Ladies Dancing with beautiful vintage cocktail glasses in hand!

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On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 10 Lords-a-Leapin’ in their Santa suits!

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On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 11 Pipers drinking Piping hot toddies out of these cute vintage Santa mugs!

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On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 12 Drummers Drumming up delicious cocktails in these vintage conga glasses!

 

All of us at The Hour truly wish you a wonderful (and memorable) Holiday this year.  And we look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

 

Find more one-of-a-kind gift ideas, visit us at our online store:

http://thehourshop.com/

 

 

The Hour’s Holiday Cocktails 2015

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Introducing The Hour’s customers to the wonderful world of holiday cocktails using Italian liqueurs!

Last night we held our 6th annual holiday cocktail party  here at The Hour.  It was truly wonderful seeing so many familiar faces and growing number of friends.  Our co-hosts for the evening were artisanal spirits maker Don Ciccio & Figli and one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants, Vermilion.  Vermilion’s fabulous Lindsay Parsons was our guest bartender for the night.  Lindsay concocted 4 delicious tastings for the evening featuring Don Ciccio’s Italian liqueurs and a variety of spirits from local distiller Catoctin Creek.

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Jonathan Fasano of Don Ciccio & Figli was on hand to provide tastings of 4 of his company’s wonderful apertifs and digestifs.  The 4 we tasted last night were the Nocino (a green walnut, cinnamon and clove liqueur), their Cinque (a bitter orange and botanical aperitivo), a delicious Finocchietto (a liqueur infused with fennel, herbs and spices) and their barrel aged Amaro delle Sirene (a traditional Italian inspired bitter liqueur).  These 4 liqueurs provided the inspiration for our 4 holiday cocktails this year.

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We started the evening off toasting our holiday guests with the Nutty In-Laws.  We always love to greet our guests with a punch, especially one served in a beautiful vintage silver plate punch bowl like this mid-century one by Towle.  Our evening’s eggnog punch contained 1757 Brandy, Don Ciccio’s Nocino and Fee Brothers Black Walnut bitters.  Simple and simply delicious!

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Second up last night was Lindsay’s Lights on the Boulevard cocktail.  We had fun showing off some of our vintage barware as the evening progressed.  Many of our guests had never seen the vintage Napier Press & Release jigger in action.  It truly is a wonderful jigger to behold as the spirits are released from the bottom of the jigger as the handle is pressed in.  This wonderful cocktail tasting included Catoctin Creek’s Roundstone Rye, Don Ciccio’s Cinque and Cocchi (sweet vermouth).

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Who Needs Mistletoe? was our third cocktail tasting for the evening.  This delectable cocktail included Catoctin Creek’s Watershed Gin, Don Ciccio’s Finocietto, Dolin Blanc, lemon and a splash of brut riesling.  I’m not sure any of us needed mistletoe after this tasting!

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Finally, Lindsay ended the fun holiday night with Baby, It’s Cold Outside.  This nightcap tasting included Catoctin Creek’s Roundstone Rye, Don Ciccio’s Amaro de Sirene, fresh grapefruit and Cocchi.  It truly was a fun, festive and wonderful night shared with so many friends of the store.  Stay tuned for more party pics… you might see yourself or someone you know!

For more one-of-a-kind vintage entertaining ideas, visit us at our online store:

http://thehourshop.com/

 

 

 

 

 

Hospitality is the Heart of the Holidays

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Gather Your Group!

Open your home with hospitality this holiday season!

 

Today I read a great article in the Food section of the Washington Post written by M. Carrie Allen, the Post’s spirits columnist.  In her article, Allen extols the virtues of bartenders who go beyond mixing great drinks by providing a warm, friendly and inviting atmosphere in their bars.  I couldn’t agree more.

For me, this atmosphere of hospitality during the holidays is even more relevant when talking about entertaining at home.  As a kid, one of my favorite memories during the holiday season centered on the cocktail hour before dinner.  While Mom prepared our holiday feast, Dad would prepare cocktails for all our house guests, including the kids.  For the adults, Dad would have a simply stocked bar and always featured his Martinis and Manhattans.  For those of us under the drinking age, Dad made simple Shirley Temples and served them using my Mother’s etched stemware.  Everyone felt so special.  It’s a memory I simply will never forget.

These memories are, in part, why I created the idea of a “cocktail store” and opened The Hour (nearly 7 years ago).  I wanted to bring back that special feeling when welcoming guests into your home.  For me, the 20th Century truly was a time when home entertaining was at its finest.  Barware and glassware was at its finest as well.  Cocktails were served with panache, often out of small glasses so that hosts and hostesses would have to interact with their guests as they refilled their drinks.  Glassware was either etched or adorned in silver, gold or colorful patterns.  By the 1970s, most of the companies that produced an astonishing array of cocktail ware here in America were gone.  And gone too were all the molds and creative talent behind them.

Luckily, with the turn of this century, the cocktail movement has returned and, with it, a renewed interest in entertaining at home.   Because of their exceptional qualities, vintage barware and glassware is increasingly becoming a big part of it.  While new cocktail ware can be nice, we think vintage is special as it is a direct link to America’s golden age of hospitality and home entertaining.  Your guests will appreciate the thought and care you put into making memorable occasions when you treat them using unique vintage cocktail ware.

To help you with your holiday gatherings this year, we’ve got some great ideas:

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#4979 Culver Antigua Punch Set $550

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#18147 Draping Iridescent Stems, Set of 10 $350

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#19207 Culver Valencia Collins Glasses, Set of 12 $480

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#19184 Anchor Hocking Royal Ruby Glasses $350

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#9303 Morgantown Smoke Cocktail Pitcher Set $475

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#18100 Art Deco Cranberry Swirl Coupes, Set of 13 $1000

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#10321 Gold Lattice Ice Bucket Set $450

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#18419 Starlyte Gold & Frosted Weave Caddy Set $675

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#14831 Culver Azure Blue Scroll Cocktail Pitcher Set $625

This holiday season, we encourage everyone to open up their homes and entertain with the idea of truly treating your guests.  Dress your house, dress yourself and don’t forget to dress your bar.  Play your favorite music, share stories and create new memories.  Serve your favorite foods and spirits.  And, most importantly, be hospitable.

Find more one-of-a-kind vintage entertaining ideas, visit us at our online store:

http://thehourshop.com/

Our 9 Favorite Vintage Amber Glassware Sets

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Entertain with Amber!

Warm and everlasting memories are made best at home…

As the temperatures drop and Thanksgiving Day approaches, there’s no better time to start thinking about entertaining at home with family and friends.  We think every modern home bar should have some great jewel tone glassware, especially in shades of amber.  There is nothing like sipping a dark colored spirit out of a vintage amber glass.  Especially when sipping surrounded by those you hold dear.

This holiday season, we’ve got many great one-of-a-kind vintage glassware sets for you to entertain with in beautiful tones of amber, including:

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#11997 Amber Cordials, Set of 5 $100

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#9335 Sasaki Harmony Amber Coupes, Set of 4 $150

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#18855 Amberina Cocktail Set $450

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#17809 Czech Art Deco Cocktail Shaker Set $475

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#16910 Yellow & Gold Ice Bucket Caddy Set $495

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#14502 Amber Art Deco Decanter Set $52511869

#11869 Russel Wright Yellow Mini Coupes $150

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#13510 Hand Blown Amber Cocktail Pitcher Set $350

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#14626 W. Virginia Glass Hexagon Rocks, Set of 6 $240

We wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Find more one-of-a-kind vintage entertaining ideas, visit us at our online store:

http://thehourshop.com/

Our 6 Year Garden Cocktail Party!

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Delightful weather, delicious cocktails and good friends!!

 

To celebrate our 6th year anniversary, we threw our first garden cocktail party!  We had so much fun and enjoyed delicious cocktails made by Catoctin Creek’s brand ambassador Chad Robinson (one of our first loyal customers… it was great to see him behind our bar!) and refreshing mocktails by Element Shrub’s owner Charlie Berkinshaw.

We couldn’t have asked for better weather.  And it was great to celebrate 6 years of business with our friends, family and loyal customers.  For those of you who couldn’t attend, here are the cocktails we enjoyed:

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Quoit Punch

12 lemons (for peels and juice)

2 cups sugar, raw & fine-grained

750 ml 92 Proof Catoctin Creek Rye

750 ml Virginia Brandy

750 ml madeira (preferably verdehlo)

In a large bowl, add sugar and the peels of 12 lemons.  Rub together to release the citrus oils into the sugar (this is called oleo-saccharum).  Let sit for an hour to infuse thoroughly.  Juice as many lemons as needed to obtain 16 ounces of lemon juice, and strain.  Add to the oleo-saccharum and stir until dissolved.  Add the rye, brandy and madiera and stir.  Pour into a punch bowl one-third filled with ice and let cool.  Yields 12 cups, serving 18-20.

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The Sixth Hour

1.5 oz. Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin

1.5 oz. dry vermouth

0.25 oz. Element lemon mint shrub

2-3 dashes Bittercube Trinity Bitters

Add ingredients to a mixing glass and stir until cold.  Strain into a chilled martini glass or coupe.

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El Cardenal

2 oz. Catoctin Creek Mosby’s Spirit

1 oz. lime juice

4 oz. Jarritos grapefruit soda

2-3 dashes Scrappy’s Grapefruit Bitters

Mix all the ingredients in a highball glass filled with ice and stir.

 

Cheers to our first six years!

For more, visit us at:

http://thehourshop.com/

 

 

 

Time to Celebrate Dad!

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A classic Dad deserves a classic gift

Father’s Day is right around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about a great gift to show your Dad some love. We can’t think of a better Father’s Day present than a vintage treasure from The Hour! He deserves a nice cocktail break from all his hard work, and we know how to do that in style. We have just the thing to express your appreciation of him – from manly rocks glasses to toys for his home bar. Even cuff links for the dapper Dad! Here are our top picks for Pops:

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#18284 Culver ‘Piza’ Old Fashioned Glasses, Set of 6, $300.00

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#9449 Mid Century Austrian Bar Tool Set, $175.00

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#18010 Vintage Everwear Trav L Bar, $150.00

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#18591 Vintage Swank Fish Cufflinks, $120.00

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#18580 Mid Century Couroc ‘Fore’ Golf Tray, $195.00

#17144 Guitar Music Box Decanter, $325.00

#16873 Classic Model Car Rocks, Set of 7, $210.00

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#16391 1940s German Traveling Cocktail Set, $375.00

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#18500 Baseball Ice Bucket & Rocks Set, $225

Your Dad is sure to love a thoughtful gift from The Hour Shop!

Find more one-of-a-kind vintage gift ideas at our online store:

http://thehourshop.com/

One-Of-A-Kind Wedding Gifts

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Wedding Bliss

 Vintage gifts make treasured memories

Wedding season is here and that means finding the perfect gifts for your friends and loved ones to celebrate their new life together. We can’t think of anything more special than giving the gift of vintage. Quality hand crafted pieces steeped in history that will be a part of their new family’s legacy.  And if you are planning your own wedding, we have a registry available! Here are some of our suggestions for one-of-a-kind wedding gifts:

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#13340 Dorothy Thorpe Sterling Teardrop Tray, $250.00

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#16665 Rhinestone Wings Clamper Bracelet, $175.00

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#18472 1930s Paden City Cocktail Set, $1,200.00

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#18501 You, Me & Ours Cocktail Caddy, $250.00

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#18036 Keep Calm and Say “I Do” Flask, $25.00

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#9585 Crystal Double Diamond Wine Stems, $400.00

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#17562 English Crystal Ice Cooler, $250.00

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#18162 Light Blue Fostoria Cocktail Stems, $270.00

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#11279 Silver & Pressed Glass Chilller Pitcher, $250.00

 

For more great gift ideas and to sign up for our bridal registry,

visit us at http://thehourshop.com/

Springtime Entertaining

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Spring into this season with vintage flair!

 

Spring is here at long last!  At The Hour, it is one of our favorite seasons for decorating the shop.  We get to break out all the pretty pastels and springtime motifs that have been hibernating all winter.  Longer, warmer days mean taller, cooler drinks… and we have no shortage of collins glasses to serve them from!  You can also add some spring flair to your your home with a floral tray or cocktail set.   Here are some of our vintage favorites for entertaining at home this spring:

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#16302 Mid Century Yellow Flower Ice Bucket Set,  $150.00

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#18140 Set of 6 Georges Briard Thistle Collins Glasses, $270.00

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#18220 Set of 6 Danish Sterling Flower Cocktail Picks, $360.00

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#18314 Set of 8 Lavender Fade Collins Glasses, $240.00

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#7479 Georges Briard 2 Section Bent Glass Tray, $175.00

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#17373 Set of 7 Daisy Collins Glasses & Coasters, $140.00

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#8339 Anchor Hocking Dogwood Cocktail Set, $350.00

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#18510 1930s Set of 10 Ceramic Violet Coasters, $300.00

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#17069 Set of  8 Gold and Yellow Butterfly Collins Glasses, $245.00

 

Cheers to enjoying the renewing spirit that spring brings!

For more, visit us at:

http://thehourshop.com/

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